President FPCCI urges Sindh government to consult apex body on COVID-19 decisions

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KARACHI: Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo, President FPCCI has expressed his surprise over the instant decision by Sindh government to close general businesses, shopping malls, shops, departmental stores from 6.00 pm to 6.00 am from 26-07-2021 onwards and until further orders.

The President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry stated that before taking such extreme decisions we must consider that Karachi is the largest trade and industrial center of the country. The Provincial Task Force on COVID-19 established by Sindh government may be directed to have regular representation of FPCCI so that the critical decisions are made easy with mutual understandings by private sector of the country.

He said that this is a major step which would badly affect the social and business sectors in all walks of life. Before reaching such a severe decision the concerned authorities may have taken the related trade bodies and associations into confidence. So that they were able to advice the government in a better way. Since FPCCI is the apex body of trade and industry, its member bodies and associations have conveyed their grievances and complaints in this regard.

Nasser Hyatt added that the government order includes complete ban on all functions/ gatherings including marriages and related functions, whether indoor or outdoor from 26 July onwards. All public places shall remain closed for visitors. Outdoor, indoor dinning in restaurants etc. Friday and Sunday are also closed. While the public and private offices shall function with 50 percent staff only. In case of violation, the concerned premises shall be sealed with imposition of heavy fine on the delinquent under the law. Schools and colleges shall also be closed till 31-07-2021.